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Mackenzie's Mountain (Mackenzie Family #1)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  12,855 Ratings  ·  468 Reviews
A small Wyoming town is about to learn a few lessons from a new schoolteacher with the courage to win the heart of a man who swore he had nothing to give....

Mary Elizabeth Potter is a self-appointed spinster with no illusions about love. But she is a good teacher and she wants Wolf Mackenzie's son back in school. And after one heated confrontation with the boy s father, sh
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Mira Books (first published 1989)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

This book has a very "Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman" feel to it.
Except of course, she isn't a doctor but a teacher :D

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For the most part of the book, I kept forgetting it's actually a contemporary. I can't explain it, it's just the feel of it. How they all behave, the story, Indian in the mountain and spinster teacher in small town fall in love, while the town hates him, plus being his cottage in the mountains, training horses and just everything :D
I saw cars being mentioned and that made me remember
Opening Line: He needed a woman. Bad."

I had a ton of problems with this book and I’m finding it really difficult to review because as much as this story confused me, annoyed me and downright offended me, in the end as much as I wanted to I just didn’t hate it. I did however breathe a sigh of relief when I finished.

Written in 1989 Mackenzie’s Mountain is a contemporary romance however it reads, and for the first 100 pages I thought it was a historical, taking place around 1890-1910. It takes plac
This is my favorite contemporary romance! I love the Wolf and Mary's story, they are two great characters. Mary Elizabeth Potter is a transplanted southern teacher who is trying to find a more exciting life in Wyoming. Mary meets half-breed rancher Wolf when she goes to his house to find out why his son Joe quit school. Sparks fly between Wolf and Mary right away but Wolf pushes her away because he is resented in town after going to jail for a rape he didn't commit, so he does not want to risk h ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This is in my top ten books of all time. I love Wolf and Mary. They are one of my romance supercouples. This is a book to read when you are feeling jaded about romance novels. When I read it the first time, I immediately turned around and reread it. I still have my first copy but I bought another copy since the first one is a little worn.
Oct 08, 2009 KarenH rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who reads romance
Recommended to KarenH by: MelissaB
I read this book in one sitting - which means I stayed up all night - so I'm a little delirious right now. I won't write a review (you can thank me for that) but I would like to say a few things while I am still "living in the moment" of Mackenzie's Mountain.

First of all, if you haven't read this book, you really need to get that taken care of. Within 10 years it will be proclaimed a "classic" (you'll be shelving it right up there with Catcher In the Rye & The Grapes of Wrath) and you will w
Oct 09, 2012 Mo rated it really liked it
This was a re-read. Will try and get a proper review done at some stage.
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Does anyone else find it hard to assess a book when the thing is completely out of date?

I felt like I'd stepped back in time a few decades, when most small towns were suspicious of anyone who looked "different" from whatever they were used to in their small little bubble. Of course, there are still remote places of small town Americana that are like this, but not on the same saturated level that there was back then. And by that level - I mean OMG, LOCK THE DOORS, the Native American Indian man
Oct 20, 2015 Kyraryker/WhiskeyintheJar rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I wish I had read this about 10-20yrs ago, I think then I would have loved it as much as others do. There are a couple older books (hello, purple prose!) that are very close to my heart that others read for the first time in this day and age and they don't find it as great as me. I think this may be the case with this book and me, I liked it but cringed at some parts. One person's sentimentalism is another person's expiration date.
Our main couple, Mary and Wolf, had an incredibly sweet
Audio update: I recently bought the abridged audio version, narrated by Nanette Savard. Didn't like her voice. Sharp, angry, and biting too much of the time. The abridged version leaves out far too many important scenes, including the epilogue. Half the book is missing. Not recommended. Wish they would produce an unabridged version.

But the story and the series is good! See original book review below.

Content: Several explicit sex scenes, assorted violence, some cus
Sep 12, 2009 Summer rated it really liked it
I have to say I had some trepidations when I started this book. I like contemporary romances but my favorite is historical. It was also a very short 250-something pages. I tend to like my books longer than that since I can fly through books at lightening speed. But it had a cute premise and tons of good reviews so I gave it a shot.

I felt like I went 'Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww...' throughout almost the whole book. It's definitely one of those warm and fuzzy kind of romances but the love scenes definitely
Very hard to rate this book because, while I loved the main characters, and even the hokey yet sweet nature of their love story, I abhorred the very dated, racistish and prejudiced plot, and its predictability.

The book was written in the late eighties but the attitudes in it could have well been plucked out from a century before. Terms like half-breed, dirty Indian whore, etc. made me cringe, as did h's fetishization of the H as a big, bad, dark savage in a loincloth. I decided to give the autho
3.5 stars. This was my first Linda Howard read. Yes I know, I must have been living under a rock! Anyway, I do not think reading this 20 years after it was written would change anything. I am not a fan of historical romance and I would not classify this as that. But the author really had no idea what century the characters were living in. A petticoat - really? Seriously? Indians and Anglos? Come on! I remember the 1980s very clearly. While there was and still is discrimination, people did not ta ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
Feb 20, 2012 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it it was amazing
This is an old category romance that I read way back when. I’m not usually a re-reader but I stumbled across this in unabridged audio format and figured what the heck. I listen to audio’s when I’m doing tedious tasks like driving, cleaning the yard of dog poo or scrubbing the bathroom. There’s not much to lose on my end and I’ll usually finish everything I start on audio, excepting The Ill-Made Mute which was one of the few too torturous for even me to finish. Mackenzie’s Mountain was a much bet ...more
Dec 21, 2015 Yolanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 casi 5 en realidad.Me encantan estas historias, me dan lo que tanto me gusta, romance, intriga y ratos de risa con las ocurrencias de los protas.
Wolf y Joe me encantaron desde el minuto cero y Mary también.
Voy a por el segundo, me tiene intrigada la historia de Joe y muero por saber más.
me encantan
May 03, 2015 Camille rated it it was ok

Oh, the bullshit.

The old-school, overly-dramatic, racist bullshit.

How many times was the word "savage" used, for starters?

The narration was exaggerated as well.


Everyone loves but me.
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Narrated by Christina Traister

A favorite Howard from 1989 for many a romance fan, Mackenzie’s Mountain certainly has what I would call an “old school” feel to it. I’m afraid the romance elements filling this book, while popular in 1989, may seem clichéd today to the first time reader. But for me, Mackenzie’s Mountain represents my first days of reading romance and I remember it with great fondness.

The big solitary half-breed by the name of Wolf who lives on his mountain and is rejected by the
Ana M. Román
May 08, 2017 Ana M. Román rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
5 🌟 y no le doy más porque no hay

Me ha encantado. Son pocas las veces que puedo decir que un libro me ha gustado desde la primera hasta la última frase y todas las que hay en medio pero este es uno de esos casos.

Me ha encantado todo, la ambientación, los personajes, la historia. TODO.

Es cierto que el suspense que hay no supone suspense ninguno porque está más que claro quién está detrás de todo desde el principio pero este no es un libro de suspense sino de romance y de eso tiene mucho y bien.

MacKenzie's Mountain
4.5 Stars

Prim and proper teacher, Mary Elizabeth Potter, is determined that every child in the small town of Ruth, Wyoming get the education they are entitled to. So when she learns that Joe Mackenzie has dropped out, she wastes no time confronting his father. Feared and despised for his mixed heritage and dangerous reputation, Wolf Mackenzie has never met a woman like Mary and is determined to have her. Unfortunately, not everyone in Ruth is happy at the turn of events and p
Oct 06, 2010 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Patricia by: Read for the October challenge Paranormal Romance Group
Dear Friends,

I have to inform you that this is the first book that I've read of Linda Howard, and I was not disappointed.
My point is that Ms. Howard is a wonderful storyteller, combining her characters with an ingenious plot. Like I said...wonderful.

The story of the book resumes itself by saying that...
When Mary Elizabeth Potter the local teacher, confronts Wolf Mackenzie to get his son back in school, she cames face to face with a bitter and dangerous man. But with this also comes his very good
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.25/5; 3stars; B

I read this story several years ago and recently saw my library has it on MP3 so I thought I'd listen. The narrator, Christina Traister, was excellent and smoothly moved between the male and female voices.

I know this book is much beloved by romance fans and I enjoyed it quite a bit but not as much as I remember. My favorite parts were the relationship between Wolf and his son Joe, as well as many glimpses of Mary's fierce character. The love story between Mary and Wolf was prett
Sabrina Jeffries
Mar 08, 2010 Sabrina Jeffries rated it it was amazing
Yes, I know that everybody in the world loves this one, but I have to join the pack anyway. The hero is so heart-wrenchingly proud and tortured, and the heroine is such a sweetie that I find myself rereading this one at least once a year.
Jan 06, 2017 Mara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
2 1/2 Pretty bland, easily read, easily forgotten. It doesn't read as contemporary romance, but almost a western. And if it hadn't been for cars, I would have sworn by it too. Even thinking it has been written in the late 80's it's so old fashioned to sound weird.

Lady Heather
Oct 04, 2012 Lady Heather rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: contempory romance, kick-ass, possessive alpha males & strong willed, kick-ass female leads
Recommended to Lady Heather by: Karla
I LOVE. WOLF!! ..and Mary is wonderful! I love her backbone, and 'sensibility'.

This was such a great story to read, and I'll be reading Joe's story very soon!
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
One of My Favorites

Until last week this was my favorite Linda Howard book. Cry No More pushed this book into 2nd place but I still love Wolf and Mary.

Mary is a prim and proper schoolteacher who just moved to small town. A seriously small town. She has a student, the Mackenzie boy, who hasn't been to school. It seems he's dropped out. Mary decides that no student will be left behind on her watch and she's going to talk to Joe Mackenzie's father, Wolf. Wolf and Joe live on a mountain, it's snowing
Feb 28, 2011 nurmawati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, cowboy, ebooks, indian
OMG...buku yang amat sangat bagus suka banget cerita yang tokoh utamanya indian, keren,super posesif, dark dan bisa diandalkan...Wolf mackenzie benar2 co yang tercipta untuk gw ( di novel hehehehe...)
ceritanya ttg miss mary potter yang di terima kerja sebagai guru di suatu kota kecil yang namanya Ruth...
mary berumur 29 tahun,masih lugu,belom pernah pacaran apalagi boboan :p
awalnya dia ke peternakan mackenzie buat ketemu sama joe mackenzie ( anak wol) yang tiba2 gak pernah datang la
Apr 15, 2011 Jonetta rated it really liked it
Mary Potter moves from Savannah, Georgia to Ruth Wyoming after accepting a job as a teacher for the small community. She soon discovers that the school's top student, Joe Mackenzie, has dropped out of school. Mary goes to visit the Mackenzies to get Joe back in school but gets trapped on the way up their mountain in the middle of frigid winter temperatures. Wolf MacKenzie, Joe's father, rescues her and takes her into their home. They have an immediate physical attraction, one that is taboo for W ...more
May 12, 2016 Sofs rated it really liked it
Shelves: alpha-male, western
I really liked this one but it was seriously unrealistic in a way.
Linda Howard is obviously obsessed with almost 30-year-old virgins... I know, what? Taking the modern-virgin trope to a whole different level.
If she really wants all her female main characters to be virgins she should make them a few years younger, maximum 25 (so it doesn't feel so weird).

Also, LH is an artist at creating alpha-males, Wolf Mackenzie is the perfect combination of Comanche and a Celt - what else would you want in a
Finally an epilogue! I have been banging on about the lack of epilogue at the end of LH's books and with this I finally got one. I know that the only reason Ms Howard included it was because there is such a huge time difference between this and the second story and she was just making the transition from this to Mackenzie's Mission easier, but I really don't care, I got to see a bit of the HEA I have so craved with her stories. ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Elizabeth (Liz)
The Mackenzies series is one of her very best. This is the book that drew me to Linda Howard. Unfortunately, when she went to hardback (aside from the first few), something was lost. I guess she was trying to go more mainstream or something. I'm a fan of her early work, the books in the true romance genre. If suspense is more your thing, you might prefer the books she's released in hardcover.
*The Angry Reader*
May 18, 2017 *The Angry Reader* rated it it was amazing
Let's see if I can string together a few coherent sentences.

1) A major theme in this book is that Wolf is an Indian - and an outcast because of it. The book was originally published in 1989, and you can feel that in the subject, word choices, themes and descriptions. It does not matter.

2) This book is a flawless example of bad-ass old school romance. Wolf is such an alpha male that he doesn't need any of the alpha male gimmicky bullshit from contemporary romances. Rippling abs? Millions of dol
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Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance
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“She started to tell him so, but the words vanished
unsaid when he abruptly thrust his hands under her skirt, all the way to her waist. Mary
gave a startled shriek and jerked back, almost oversetting the chair. He glared at her, his
eyes like black ice.
"You don't have to worry," he snapped. "This is Saturday. I only rape on Tuesdays and
“She was flustered; he could see it in the
way she kept twisting her fingers together. Did she think he was going to throw her down
on the seat and rape her? After all, he was a renegade Indian, and capable of anything.
Then again, the way she looked, maybe this was the most excitement she'd ever had.”
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